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Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ house for sale in Minneapolis

The "Purple Rain" house, as it appeared in the film (at left) and last year, on the film's 30th anniversary. Photo at right by Steven Cohen for MPR.

The Minneapolis house where “the Kid” lived in Prince’s iconic 1984 movie Purple Rain is now for sale. At an asking price of $110,000, it’s a relatively affordable piece of Minnesota music history—but some renovations are required, with the cost to be borne by the purchaser.

Update 7/31: The listing status has been updated to contingent, indicating that an offer has been accepted contingent on inspection.

The house is at 3420 Snelling Avenue—not the better-known Snelling in St. Paul, but the street that runs between Hiawatha and Minnehaha in South Minneapolis’s Longfellow neighborhood. Several photos of the house’s exterior and interior can be seen in the online listing for the property.

The 1,348-square-foot 3BR was built in 1913. “Revitalize this historic home which Prince featured in his Purple Rain movie,” invites the listing. “This home needs to be rehabbed. Newer boiler in 2010.”

Purple Rain celebrated its 30th anniversary last year. Listen to our audio documentary about the movie and its legacy, and compare the film’s Minneapolis locations to the way they appear today.